Every South African has both the right and duty to contribute to the progress of our society. By selflessly helping others we realize the possibility for both personal growth and the development of our community.
Service to humanity is service to God”
Infusing a spirit of service in our education, work, family, leisure and spiritual life, allows us to avoid a fragmented approach to living, and helps us work towards a life in which these aspects complement one another.
We recognize that our efforts in transforming our community are influenced by various social forces. Some cause the destruction of society, while others contribute towards building it.
Negative forces such as racial prejudice and discrimination and social class hinder individual and collective growth, while positive forces such as the desire for knowledge, aspiring for change, and strong belief in the importance
of family, significantly advance our community.
In our efforts to contribute to the transformation of our community we draw on the spiritual and constructive social forces that help to build our society.
The primary, the most urgent requirement is the promotion of education. It is inconceivable that
any nation should achieve prosperity and success unless this paramount, this fundamental concern is carried forward.”
Bahá'ís and their friends in every corner of the country, inspired by the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, engage in an educational process that is proving to be a powerful tool for building vibrant and prosperous communities around
Education and Community Building
As South Africans, we place significant value on the importance of education as the means for growth and prosperity.
Each of us is like “a mine rich in gems of inestimable value” and to reveal our unique treasures, we need to acquire three types of education: material, human and spiritual education.
Material education is concerned with our physical development and human education is about civilization and progress. These have predominantly received attention in our society.
Essential to our progress is giving more focus to our spiritual education that helps us attain divine perfections and fully contribute to shaping the fortunes of our community.